Catering at Events
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Consider presentation – food must look appetising as well as taste good Confirm the menu early on in the event’s planning – that way you will know exactly how much it will cost and what will be provided. Find out who is the boss – you must have a contact point in case things do not go to plan or other catering problems arise. You need caterers that can be relied on to deliver on time if their proposals come to you after your closing date, they may not be the best choice.
Event managementMichael Lockett (events organiser)Programme (booklet)Event Supplier and Services Association2020 European Cricket LeagueSimon Brooks-Ward
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See below for types of services usually offered. in choosing a menu, consider seasonality and consider including regional produce. Consider offering a range of alternatives on the menu if it suits the event. When are the guests eating? Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or in between – cater to suit. Are all guests eating from the same menu? For example are children or VIPs catered for differently? Consider presentation – food must look appetising as well as taste good Confirm the menu early on in the event’s planning – that way you will know exactly how much it will cost and what will be provided. Most caterers require that the menu is planned about three minus four weeks in advance of the event. Make sure you have the guest numbers at this stage. There will always be some contingency allowed so make sure you understand exactly what that is (it can range from between 2-4%). Types of service silvern serviceWaited tables batter Plated buffet Action station (exhibition cooking) Cafeteria service French cart service Food stations Vendors (food vans etc.) CHOOSING A CATERER Choosing a caterer may be more important than choosing the food! Here are some tips you can use when choosing a caterer: Ask for references and check them! And use references from other event organisers to verify suitability. The caterer must be able to provide evidence of past successes – recommendations are very important in choosing the right team to cater for an event. Check to see if they are available when required – it is no use wasting time on any further contact if the caterer you want is not available at the time you need them – move onto the next one on your list. Get your final list down to about three. Make a list of questions that you have on-hand at your first meeting with your prospective caterers. Find out who is the boss – you must have a contact point in case things do not go to plan or other catering problems arise. What is their ‘meet and greet’ response to you like? Are they friendly and accommodating or off-hand and dismissive? Were your questions or pre-meeting contacts with them answered promptly and openly? You need caterers that can be relied on to deliver on time if their proposals come to you after your closing date, they may not be the best choice. Are the caterers you are considering familiar with your type of event and venue? ask the caterer for a tasting – this will enable you to check that they are providing quality food that is tasty and well-presented and that will suit the event you are catering for. Make sure that they are able and willing to cater for special food requirements such as vegetarian food etc. Determine what the caterer is actually proving i.e. what their range of service is for the budget you have allocated. Will it be on-site service, will it be cooked off-site and delivered for you to organise, will it be cooked off-site and will they deliver and offer service? Does the caterer offer the type of service you are after? Is their presentation what you are looking for e.g. what are they serving their food on? Does it meet your expectations? Will differing service-ware levels cost more or less? Do they offer a full range of service-ware including table cloths and napkins, table arrangements, cutlery and so on? This free text article has been written automatically with the Text Generator Software https://www.artikelschreiber.com/en/ - Try it for yourself!